I was recently in an extraordinary, ordinary meeting. It was a Friday morning meeting where the previous day’s activities were discussed and the plan for the upcoming day was shared with the group. It was a meeting where people were engaged in a great dialogue of learning and listening. There was a lightness and playfulness in the air among everyone, from the plant leader to the newest member of the organization. When a problem was discussed, each person who had insights into the challenge spoke up freely and shared their perspective and then allowed others to either ask questions or bring their perspective into the conversation. Whether the plant leader, or an individual contributor shared the insights, each person was treated with respect and their thoughts were part of the dialogue. To question a perspective was not seen as a personal attack but rather as an opportunity to come up with the best solution. Very critical issues were looked at, and when the group came to a conclusion, the person(s) who would take the agreed upon actions quickly stepped up, owned the next steps, and shared what the team could count on from them. Then quickly the meeting was over, and all dispersed to act on their shared commitments.
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